Holi is a Hindu festival known as the ‘Festival of Colors’, celebrated by millions around the world. However, it’s not just about throwing colorful powders, but also about eating delicious traditional dishes. For South East Asians who are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes due to their genetics, the festive period presents an opportunity to practice healthy eating habits and reduce their risk of developing this debilitating disease. Here are some tips on how to eat healthily during Holi and reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes.
Monitor Your Carb Intake
South East Asians tend to consume a lot more carbohydrates than other ethnic groups. This is because carbs play such a big role in traditional dishes like roti or naan bread, rice and noodles. During Holi, if you want to stay healthy and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, try reducing your carb intake by replacing white rice with brown rice or opting for grilled or steamed meats instead of fried meats.
Go Easy on Sweets
Sweets and desserts form an integral part of the Holi celebrations. While you don’t have to cut out sweets entirely, try limiting your intake as much as possible and opt for healthier alternatives like fresh fruit salads with low-fat yogurt or dark chocolate instead of sugary snacks like gulab jamuns or burfis.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
With so many delicious sweet treats around during Holi, it can be easy to forget about fruits and vegetables. However, it’s important that you try to incorporate them into your diet as often as possible as they contain essential vitamins and minerals that help keep your body functioning optimally and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. Try incorporating more seasonal produce into your diet such as mangoes or oranges which are both low in sugar but high in flavor!
Eating healthily during Holi season is essential for South East Asians who are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes due to their genetics. By monitoring your carbohydrate intake, eating fewer sweets and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet you can enjoy all the festivities while still staying healthy! So make sure you take these tips on board this year so that you can celebrate safely without worrying about health concerns! Happy Holi!